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LSTC E.pistle March 2018

Kindness and Hope One of my spiritual disciplines during Lent was adding poetry to the daily consumption of what I read (especially since the 2016 election). When I announced my poetry intention on Facebook and asked for suggestions, I was overwhelmed and impressed by all the poems and poets my friends recommended. Clearly, poetry plays …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 13, 2018

God revealed through people with disabilities   His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that� … continue Water and the word create new life: part 4 Week 4: Jesus’ baptism Prayer passage: …

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God’s irresistible call – Presiding Bishop

By Elizabeth A. Eaton When first elected presiding bishop, I was often asked what it meant to be the first woman entrusted with this call. I didn’t like that question then. I’m still ambivalent about it now. Why, in the 21st century, did my gender matter? Why, in 2013, was the election of a woman …

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Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Now is the time to register for the 2018 Ecumenical Advocacy Days! EAD will take place April 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The ELCA helped to found EAD and continues as a sponsor of this weekend long conference. This year’s gathering theme, “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” will offer ELCA leaders an …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2018

  ACT to End Racism In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for ACT to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. …

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LL Stories February 28, 2018

Both/and Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand and interpret Scripture related to gender identity and transgender people. His online work … continue     Water and the word create new life: part 2 Week 2: Creation  Prayer passage: “Through the waters of the flood you delivered …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 24, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Gifts of Stock What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, “It will go up and down.” Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns have been reasonably substantial. Read More SAVVY LIVING Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs I have heard that hearing …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2018

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of February. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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Essential Titles for Black History Month

We believe conversation matters. These Fortress Press titles are sure to spark meaningful conversations around race, justice, and equality. Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice By Rima Vesely-Flad $34.00 Learn more Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith By Monica A. Coleman $26.99 Learn more …

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E-Life Newsletter February 2018

Photo: ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force, November 2017 Please add your input: draft ELCA inter-religious policy statement  From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to respond to the draft ELCA policy statement, “A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment.” Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing …

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Living Lutheran Stories – February 6, 2018

Confessing racism I was about 10 years old, standing in the kitchen, hanging around as bratty sisters do, and listening to my parents talk to my 15-year-old sister. The only words I remember are my mother’s. � … continue 3 things church taught me about race relations When I was 10 years old, my family switched …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 3, 2018

  PERSONAL PLANNER Life Insurance – Costs and Benefits Let’s look at the “top five” reasons people give for not owning life insurance. Read More SAVVY LIVING How to Find Volunteer Opportunities What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities …

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ELCA Global Links – January 2018

New bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Please keep the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in your prayers as it  installs the Rev. Sani Ibrahim Azar as the ELCJHL’s fourth bishop. The Rev. Munib Younan concludes his 20-year service as bishop and becomes bishop …

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Disability Ministries Newsletter Winter 2018

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God! On behalf of the ELCA Disability Ministries Program Advisory Table, thanks for reading the latest edition of the Disability Ministries Newsletter. In this edition, we highlight the grant program we have developed as we continue to encourage the ELCA to …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 20, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER ‘Give It Twice’ Trust A very popular option for a parent with children is called the “Give It Twice” trust. This is a trust funded when the surviving parent passes away. Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts for Creative Spenders Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More SAVVY LIVING Help With Home-Care Bills Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care …

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LSTC Seminary Sampler

In this New Year, at this time of new beginnings, and new chapters in life, perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find yourself …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – December 23, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Income for Surviving Spouse Elliot and Alexis were concerned about planning for the future. They had built a substantial estate of $1,200,000. When Elliot was 70, he rolled over his $400,000 qualified retirement plan into an IRA. Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly What is …

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Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, Portico Benefits pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. The seminar answers the important questions you may have about retirement, including: • How much money will I need when I …

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New Medical Cards Coming Soon

In this busy season, we’d like to remind ELCA Primary Healthcare participants to watch your mail for your 2018 Portico Health ID card. New cards will be mailed this month. Look for an envelope with the BlueLink logo in the corner. If you have family members with ELCA-Primary health benefits, you will receive a new …

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See Your Design on the Gathering T-Shirt!

Gathering t-shirt design contest Calling all youth and young adult artists, designers, doodlers, and creatives to submit an original design for the official 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participant t-shirt! The Gathering t-shirt is worn by all participants on their assigned service learning program day and one of the most visible identifiers of the Gathering.

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Currents Journal is now free!

An invitation to Currents journal Preaching helps? Essays? Book reviews? All for free? Yes, it’s true. Take a moment to check out Currents in Theology and Mission, the quarterly online journal with articles by some of the ELCA’s finest theologians and leaders. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary work together to publish this …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 5, 2017

Star Wars and the countercultural practice of Advent Well, it’s almost here. The signs of it are everywhere: It’s in the stores; it’s on TV; it’s online. This is a time of anticipation and waiting and hope. Countless people can’t wait until … continue With the lighting of one candle, it begins Editor’s note: This is the …

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Share the Good Moos!

Just one dairy cow can produce as many as 3 gallons of milk each day. Extra milk can be used to make cheese, butter and other dairy products for a family in need to eat and sell for a steady source of income. Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve …

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Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End

Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End  Advent is a season of hope and expectation. It is a season in which we “prepare the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:3). Advent candles, wreaths and calendars are joined with as-yet unfinished nativity scenes to mark our preparations for the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, ELCA …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – December 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of December. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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GiftLegacy E-Newsletter – November 9, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trust – Life and Death Decisions In discussing your living trust with your attorney, there are several very important decisions for you to consider. Some of your decisions affect the management of property during life, and others will determine how your successor trustee manages your… Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Help for Grandparents …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 25, 2017

Greetings! We are pleased to share with you the latest news from Washington, Savvy Living, Personal Planning, gift stories, finance news, and timely articles. We provide this eNewsletter and website to your friends. Please contact us if we can run a proposal or be of assistance to you. Annette Shoemaker Director, ELCA Foundation PERSONAL PLANNER …

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ELCA Good Gifts

Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve given in their honor. You can have them mailed, printed at home or delivered via email. ELCA Good Gifts are a fantastic way to honor friends and loved ones with unique, meaningful Christmas gifts that will make a difference in the …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 14, 2017

Perspective: 5 reasons to ditch that church newsletter It’s on your calendar if you’re a church worker or a ministry chair, staring you down weeks ahead of schedule: “Write newsletter article.” Newsletters have long been the vehicle of … continue   A month of gratitude Many have written about the ways in which social media can …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert

Improving access to healthcare is one of the advocacy priorities of our Church. Lutheran ministries both here at home and abroad continue to provide health services—including child and maternal health, to those in need of it. Through its various programmatic interventions, the U.S. government has been instrumental in improving mother and child survival rates around …

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Seeds Monthly – November 2017

Living Lutheran: ‘A ministry of presence’ There are more than 160 ELCA pastors who, through the church’s federal chaplaincy ministries, provide pastoral care in the U.S. military, Veterans Affairs medical centers and correctional institutions. While these are places many Americans will never experience and some might be dangerous or isolating, ELCA chaplains are present there, providing …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – November 18, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trusts Versus Wills Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with cancer in January 1994. She signed a will in the New York offices of a large law firm on March 22, 1994. Read More SAVVY LIVING Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? …

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ELCA Global Links – November 2017

‘Castillo Fuerte es Nuestro Dios’ Written by Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the best known and most beloved hymns among Lutherans around the world. Listen to a beautiful rendition, performed by students of our companion church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay.   March 2018 trip to Malaysia …

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Christmas Invitational Resources

  Dear Friends in Christ, Advent and Christmas are right around the corner and can be a very busy time in the life of this church. To support your communication needs, we have prepared a number of invitational tools created specifically for congregations. Many people will look for a place to worship this Christmas. Extend a welcoming …

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Worship at the Center

This coming January/February, you have the opportunity to attend “Worship at the Center: Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.” During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and …

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ELCA Stewardnet – Fall 2017

Dear friend in Christ, I’m puzzled and disappointed that in the midst of so much hurt in our world, the self-improvement industry continues to grow while more people are concluding that the church isn’t relevant to their lives. Did you know that in the United States our suicide rate is at a 30-year high (45,000 …

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Lutheran Men in Mission October Newsletter

The newest Foundations Newsletter is now online  Link To Newsletter Recapture the excitement of the Bold Gathering, learn what participants heard and experienced The cover story is written by Vic Williams entitled, The Beauty of Being Bold. The 2017 Gathering: Many paths to God’s grace. We are very appreciative of Vic sharing his editing skills with us …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 11, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Ten Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan You have completed a will and perhaps a revocable living trust. Your durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are accompanied by a HIPAA release. Read More   SAVVY LIVING Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses As a divorced woman, am I entitled to …

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